The Pond Store

I can literally count the number of outings my husband and I have taken together on one hand since the pandemic began. Alone, I’ve left the house to grocery shopping. Alone, he has left the house to get needed supplies at Target or Home Depot. Together, we left the house last summer and explored an outside park for an afternoon. Together, we left the house and explored the High School nearing the end of construction which he helped design. Together, we left the house and drove to our beach house three hours away and spent a few days there this past summer. Otherwise, we have followed the CDC guidelines by avoiding unnecessary travel and have stayed home to stay safe.

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. I suggested we head together to a store I discovered through an online search. This party trip delivered an outing supportive of his new hobby, being a pond owner, and included a few unexpected animal encounters!

After a pleasant hour drive, we masked up and began walking around the Tropic Bay Garden’s outside displays. The meandering paths were lined with ceramic planters of all shapes and sizes. A dozen planting beds lined the outdoor paths. However, instead of being filled with soil, they were filled with water. Only a couple had plants in them now. Surprisingly, one was filled by three actively bathing ducks. Yes, ducks! Standing in the shallow 2-feet of water, each was flapping his wings. Then they’d lean down, rise, and flap their wings quickly some more. The garden employee explained, “Our Plant Festival is the last weekend in April. That’s when we will have plants to buy.”

“What’s that sound?” I asked Brian we continued to walk and explore. “Look!” Another unexpected animal was on the path ahead. Another, just like him, was off in the distance and had lots to say. It sounded like THIS. Look closely to see what we saw and heard!

Inside the shop, we were treated to what felt like a mini-trip to the aquarium. The leftside of the shop was filled with tropical plants reaching up to the ceiling and were surrounded by a dozen ponds, all filled with fish. Small fantail comets. Small coi. medium coi, and a few quite large coi. Orange, white, tan, peach, speckled, and one with blue eyes. As we walked, the fish sensed our presence. They immediately moved to the surface with open mouths. They thought we were serving lunch.

We drove off having purchased a water test kit and a container of “Pondtabbs”, aquatic plant food and a plan to return in a few weeks to buy some plants for our pond. And maybe some fish, too.
Happy Birthday, Brian!

I wrote about my pond HERE on the 14th day of this challenge. Click to see my pond.
Thanks to Cindy (AKA MrsChiubookawrites) whose added sound to this post and inspired me to add sound to mine!

9 thoughts on “The Pond Store

  1. kflockhart says:

    I enjoyed this post, especially the names of the koi. We had an exotic fish store in our town once and I remember thinking why go to aquarium when we could just go here. They even had a baby shark for sale. Thank you for taking me along on your pond shopping venture.

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  2. Beth Sanderson says:

    I felt like I was along for the ride with you and Brian! I loved seeing the pond shop, the turkey! and the fish. Adding the sound of the turkey made this post truly interactive. Such a fun post! (Also, yesterday was Len’s birthday too!)


    • sallydonnelly11 says:

      Beth – Happy Birthday to Len! Another thing that connects us! I appreciate you noticing how I made the slice more interactive. It is something I’ve been trying to do as much as possible!


  3. mschiubookawrites says:

    Sounded like quite an adventure- a memorable birthday for sure. Your writing and sound detail (thank you for the shout-out) made me feel like I was meandering and exploring with you. Happy birthday to your husband!


  4. dianeandlynne says:

    I had to read this when I saw the title. I had no idea there were “pond” stores. I’ve never had a pond, but I do love being near water. I did click on your post and the pond is delightful. So relaxing. I enjoyed the photos too.


  5. amyjuengst says:

    Now I want a pond with koi! We use to have a little water fall that trickled into a koi pond and it was absolutely lovely until Dan cleaned it out and left the koi in a bucket overnight while the water acclimated. When it was time to reintroduce the fish back into our little pond, the bucket was empty. Damn raccoons!


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